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Jacob Berghoef

Daily life in the western world is overflowing with stimuli that continuously force our senses to the limit of their abilities. In my photographs I seek to capture the simplicity and tranquility of natural environments and to share my experience of nature’s soul.

I create my artworks with the colors that the natural light gives me. My camera is my only tool. My work is often described by others as abstract, impressionist and minimalist. My style is distinct and pure, characterized by coarse grain, overexposure, soft focus and the effects created by how I move my camera during making the photo. I like experimenting and exploring the limits of what the camera can handle.
I myself describe my style as abstract realism and impressionism.

I mostly work in nature where I immerse myself in the shapes, colors, sounds and stillness of the natural surroundings.
My work can be described as the most pure form of fine art photography, since I choose to create the abstract and impressionist effects as seen in my photographs, using only the basic camera settings.
Photo software is used only to remove dust or to adjust brightness, contrast and cropping to improve my compositions. I don’t manipulate my photos and I don’t use digital editing tools or filters.

The titles of my photos are an important element of the entire work of art. In addition, I often write a short poem or a few lines of prose to a photo.

With my artworks, I want to tease and stimulate more than just your sight. I want you to sense what I sensed when I made the artwork; the light, the temperature, the atmosphere… sometimes even the scent of a damp autumn forest and the cold of the whirling salty breath of a storm on the beach of the North Sea.


Do you see an artwork on my website that you would like to purchase as a Limited Edition 1 of 1 or a One-of-a-kind ?

Please send me a message or email with the title of the artwork and the edition you desire, and I will upload the artwork for you on Collweb.

The morning light draws a shadow of the past